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Pecan Creek Elementary School

Fourth-graders take part in Austin field trip

Fourth-grade students at Pecan Creek Elementary School recently took part in an Education in Action “Proud to be Texan” field trip.

The students and their teachers visited the state Capitol in Austin, where they were able to see the offices of their legislators, state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton.

A trip to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum allowed the students to experience what they are learning about Texas history in their classrooms with exhibits on the state’s early settlers, the Texas Revolution and other events that have shaped the state’s identity.

Education in Action is a nonprofit organization that works to further involve students in education measures.


Denton High School

Fillies Follies set for two performances

Denton High School’s dance team, the Fillies, will be hosting its annual spring showcase — Fillies Follies — at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the school auditorium.

Fillies Follies is a variety show that features drill team members performing various dance routines and skits and has become one of the community’s favorite events.

This year’s theme is “Fillies Follies … Off the Page.”

Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for students, with free admission to children 3 and younger.

Tickets can be purchased at the main office prior to the show or at the auditorium on the day of the show.

The Fillies promote school spirit, provide entertainment and are active throughout the Denton County community year-round.

For more information, contact Kerri Burgess by e-mail at  or by phone at 940-369-2000.


High school slates International Dinner

Denton High School’s world language department will host its annual International Dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the school cafeteria.

The dinner will feature cuisine from across the globe with the department using the event as a way to build awareness about other cultures and their food to its students.

The event also promotes the school’s International Baccalaureate program.

All students enrolled in world language arts courses will provide a dish from an assigned country to share with other students, staff and invited guests.

For more information, contact Cristina Galindo at .


Ryan High School

Scholars, Raiders, teachers honored

Ryan High School recently announced its scholars, Raiders and teachers of the month for January and February.

Students from grades ninth through 12th were recognized by peers and staff members for their school spirit, academic achievements and character.

The students and teachers were honored by Ryan parents and staff at a special breakfast in the school’s Renaissance Hall.

Scholars of the month for January were: Walter Tunnell-Wilson, freshman; Sean Durbin, sophomore; Meagan Wood, junior; and Catherine Tryon, senior.

Raiders of the month for January were: Sam Beatty, freshman; Tyeria Evans, sophomore; Raegan Oyer, junior; and Salman Hasan, senior.

The teacher of the month for January was Carol Long. She teaches English IV and pre-AP English II.

Scholars of the month for February are: Justice Anderson, freshman; Sabrina Prater, sophomore; Abisay Olivares, junior; and Sarah Miles, senior.

Raiders of the month for February are: Ezid Barajas, freshman; Dylan Allman, sophomore; Julisa Roberts, junior; and Max Atkinson, senior.

The teacher of the month for February is Mark Kiraly. He teaches pre-AP algebra II and AP calculus.


Hodge Elementary School

Principal invited to speak at national rally

Hodge Elementary Principal Sam Kelley has been selected to speak at the Kellogg’s Share Breakfast rally on March 7 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Kelley and Sam Teel, the school nurse, will be recognized for their efforts in promoting a healthy lifestyle through National School Breakfast Week.

Kelley will also speak on the changes that have taken place at Hodge since the school began to implement its Hodge Healthy Family Challenge and offer breakfast to every child at the school.

Hodge students and staff will be part of a national campaign by Kellogg’s — focusing on the benefits of starting the day with a healthy breakfast.

The Hodge Healthy Family Challenge looks to improve the overall health of Hodge students, staff and their families through the promotion of eating breakfast, making healthy food choices throughout the day and exercise.

Hodge will be hosting a variety of guest speakers and activities from Monday through March 8, as part of National School Breakfast Week.


Calhoun Middle School

Student accepted into American Mensa

Kiefer Sterzing, 12, has been accepted into American Mensa, a division of Mensa International. To be accepted into this international society, Kiefer had to score in the top 2 percent of the general population on a standardized, accepted intelligence test.

Kiefer scored in the top 1 percent at age 8 but just recently applied to Mensa.

He now joins more than 57,000 Mensa members in the U.S. and 100,000-plus members worldwide.

Mensa has three purposes as outlined in its constitution: to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity; to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members; and to encourage research into the nature, characteristics and uses of intelligence.

Kiefer is a student at Calhoun Middle School, an International Baccalaureate World School. He has also been accepted to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program.


Guyer High School

Wildcat Band plans fundraiser on Saturday

The Wildcat Band Secondhand Safari is planned for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Guyer High School B parking lot. The free event raises money for the Guyer High band.

Vendor space can be reserved for $20. Food and drinks will also be available.

For more information, call940-367-1193 or e-mail  .



Lake Dallas High School

Student’s photo published in book

Lake Dallas High School student Brittany Burton’s photo is included in the book The Best of Texas High School Photography, produced by the Association of Texas Photography Instructors.

Her photo of a cow sticking out its tongue appears on the cover.

The book is printed by ATPI to showcase student photographers and their instructors throughout the state.


Future educator group recognized at summit

The Lake Dallas High School chapter of Texas Association of Future Educators earned recognition while attending the 2013 Teach Tomorrow Summit held Feb. 17-19 in San Antonio.“Planting the Seeds for the Future” was the theme of the state conference presented by Texas Association of Future Educators.

The conference featured competitive events, general sessions with keynote speakers, recognition ceremonies, concurrent sessions, exhibitors, president’s social, dance and karaoke.

The Lake Dallas chapter was recognized as the 2013 Outstanding TAFE Chapter. To earn this title, the local chapter had to submit an application documenting its operations and wide array of activities to surpass the point system total required for recognition.

Katie Tudor placed in the top five state finalists for TAFE Student of the Year, receiving perfect scores on her interview from all three judges.

Elijah Luna and Caelly Barree earned a blue ribbon in Project Visualize state competition with an average score of 98 percent for their Spooktacular Kid’s Kamp tri-fold board display and presentation before a set a of judges.

Tori Haddox, yearbook committee leader, along with Nadia Williams and Regan Egge earned a blue ribbon in Chapter Yearbook state competition with an average score of 98 percent for yearbook and presentation before a set of judges.

The Lake Dallas chapter was elected TAFE’s State President School for 2013-14 with Nadia Williams representing Lake Dallas as the president officer.

Tonya Monden, Lake Dallas’ chapter advisor, and Williams will serve as members of the 2013-14 State TAFE Board of Directors.



Aubrey High School

Four STAR teams advance to state event

Four STAR — Students Taking Action with Recognition — teams from Aubrey High School have advanced to the state competition after placing at the recent FCCLA Region II Leadership Conference in Waco.

The following students placed at the recent competition: Amy Miller, Melani Rebolledo and Stephanie Soto, first place in the Promote and Publicize FCCLA category; Ana DeLeon, Maria Lopez and Elena Velez took second in the Chapter Showcase Manual category; Alexa Beaty and Kelly Woodley placed third in the Chapter Showcase Display category; and Bailee Clemmer, Shelby Saxon and Kendyl Wright placed fourth in the Chapter Service Manuel category.



Student elected to Key Club leadership

Liberty Christian junior Michael King was the elected 2013-14 lieutenant governor for Key Club’s Division 8 at the Division Election Council meeting Feb. 2.

As lieutenant governor, King will be responsible for supervising Key Clubs at Denton High School, Ryan High School, Guyer High School, Krum, Gainesville and Liberty, as well as serving on the board of the Texas-Oklahoma district, supervising all of the Key Clubs in Texas and Oklahoma. 

King will be a part of the team of students planning the district convention in April, a student-planned and led event attended by thousands of students from across Texas and Oklahoma.

Key Club is an international student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character, and develop leadership.


Students earn honor society membership

Thirty-four students achieved National Honor Society membership at Liberty Christian’s spring induction on Feb. 19.

The following students earned membership:

Sophomores: Abigail Armstrong, Cameron Brasher, Luke Chavez, Savannah Cothes, Jaden Cook, Marissa Finch, Braden Garoutte, Mickey Grebe, Anna Hudelson, Andrew Hunnicutt, Paige Jeary, Rachel Lorentz, Tiffany Lu, Jackson Lytle, Taylor McCarley, Megan McDivitt, Natalie Nelson, Madison Ramirez, Lynzi Rojas, Coleton Vick and Neiman Walker

Juniors: Brandon Allison, Ross Earley, Victoria James, Connor McMann, Garrett Newland, Mark Slack, Madeline Smith, Brooke Stoermer, Nicholas Valenzuela and Jamie Whelan

Seniors: Foster Ford, Trent Hodapp and Will Kembel

These students qualified for NHS based on their GPA, but to be considered for membership, they each provided information reviewed by Liberty’s Faculty Council to support their candidacy.

Members must maintain a minimum 90 GPA to remain in good standing. Members must earn 100 NHS service points per semester to earn the privilege of wearing honor cords and the stole at graduation.


Debate team places second at event

Liberty Christian’s debate team won second place overall at the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Regional Competition.

The team competed at Canyon Creek Christian Academy in Richardson on Feb. 22. In individual results, Breann Smith placed second, and Hunter Harwood placed seventh.


Team takes second place at district meet

The Liberty Christian Academic and Speech team won second place overall at the district meet at Bishop Lynch High School in Dallas on Feb. 15.

The top five students in each individual category will advance to the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state tournament in Austin at Concordia University on April 4–6.

Liberty Christian advanced 34 slots to state and 29 competitors.

The individual categories and winners include the following:

Ready Writing: Brooke Hadley, third place; Caleb Bishop, fifth place.

Prose Interpretation: Emmy Edwards, first place; Ross Earley, second place; and Malyn Porter, fifth place.

Persuasive Speaking: Kade Orsburn, sixth place.

Spelling: Tiffany Lu, third place; Caleb Bishop, sixth place.

Current Events: Chris Svatik, second place; Neiman Walker, third place.

Number Sense: Brandon Allison, fourth place; Sam Kim, sixth place.

Calculator: Austin Horton, first place; Shawn Graybill, fourth place; Nevan Simone, fifth place. 

Advanced Math: John Pennypacker, fourth place; Luke Kornet, fifth place.

Solo Acting: Malyn Porter, first place; Ross Earley, third place; Emmy Edwards, fourth place.

Literary Criticism: Mary Jane Stidham, third place; Rachel Lorentz, fourth place; Taylor Walker, fifth place.

Social Studies: Ben Menard, first place; Nick Valenzuela, fourth place.

Duet Acting: Malyn Porter and Katelynn Pearson, first place; Emmy Edwards and Austin Mann, second place; Bryan Gray and Alexandra Stewart, third place.

Poetry Interpretation: Lauren Massing, second place; Rachel Morris, fourth place; Hannah Johnson, sixth place.

Original Oratory: Spencer Mackenzie, second place; Brooke Morrissy, fifth place; Hannah Spates, sixth place.

Mathematics: Nevan Simone, fourth place; Aaron Ilami, fifth place.


Author visits with students about books

On Feb. 13, Liberty Christian students in kindergarten through third grade heard and saw Arkansas-based author and illustrator Tammy Carter Bronson and her husband and co-author, Matthew Bronson, as they shared information about how books are created.

The children saw Tammy Bronson’s illustrations in every phase, beginning from pencil-drawn storyboards to the finished colored-pencil artwork.

Students learned how books are printed on 55-foot-long printers and how they are put together. They also heard how many times a book might have to be rewritten before it appears on bookstore shelves.

The Bronsons held three sessions for about 350 listeners. There was much talk about students wanting to write and illustrate their own books.



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